The IRS announced today that it is increasing audits. Even though a taxpayer reporting an income of $100,000 or more only has a 2% chance of a full audit, the IRS is agressively using computer record matching to do “mini-audit” type tax adjustment letters.
Some of the most common problems that generate letters can be avoided by filing electronically and letting the computer check for valid Social Security numbers and math errors. If you fill out the forms by hand, make sure to double- and triple-check your work.
The IRS has no single formula that determines which tax returns will be audited. The agency audits some taxpayers by mail and others in face-to-face meetings, depending on the complexity of the return.
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